Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint about rewiring things and punching people, I'm on a weekly gaming podcast called The Crate & Crowbar, I wrote these two short stories in the Machine of Death collections, and I used to write articles like these for PC Gamer. I'm now prototyping two new games, Heat Signature and one about grappling hooks.
Pentadact: If only there were a Radiolab episode about this.
Pentadact: Cheers! Right now collision is done per-pixel...
BadBannana: Hmm, Arstotzkan Coffee actually sounds really good...
After 223 failed attempts, I have completed the Xbox version of Spelunky. Here’s what happened. I’ll name some enemies and items involved, but won’t spoil how I defeated the final boss.
JohnArr: Congrats! Have a Magnum.
thebeardo: Why, oh why do you not have a "Let's Play" of this??? I think it would be great to watch you play through games like this. :)
Tom Francis: Yeah, I wish I could! Unfortunately Xbox kinda sucks for video capture, I think you need hardware and stuff.
Will definitely be FRAPsing if and when it comes to PC, probably in co-op.
Chris: On my own Spelunky playing front, I was suffering from an intense migraine on Friday afternoon. I went home, took a prescription pain reliever, and in a warm, woozy near-comatose state, made it all the way through Mine and Jungle and got to the Ice levels for the very first time.
I died immediately, but hey, it was the furthest I've ever been and all it took was prescription drugs.
verendus: Why the reluctance to use the staff? Can it kill you in the Xbox version? Also: If you have a DVD recorder, you can run your Xbox through that and into the television to record it.
Tom Francis: Can, and randomly does. At first I thought it was just if you fired it with no-one else around, but I've since had it actively seek me out instead of a nearby enemy.
Zzedar: You ever play a true roguelike? I'd love to hear your take on one of them. I think Nethack would make you explode.
Andrew Doull: Hey - I'm just organising a podcast on Spelunky for Roguelike Radio. I'm trying to get Derek Yu on; failing that, notorious Spelunkyhead Darius Kazemi has confirmed. I'd love to have you on the show if possible.
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